Video con te partiro lyrics

13 July 2023, 17:05 | Updated: 18 September 2023, 16:26

We explore the history of one of the best-selling singles of all time, most famously recorded by Andrea Bocelli.

‘Time to Say Goodbye’, or Con te partirò is an Italian song which has topped the charts over and over since it was first released in 1995.

Made famous by Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli, after he debuted the song at the 1995 Sanremo Music Festival, the work has become one of the musician’s best-known.

Released on Bocelli’s second studio album, the song has become one of the best-selling singles of all time.

It was written by Francesco Sartori, an Italian trumpet player, pianist and composer, and its lyrics were by songwriter, Lucio Quarantotto.

Due to the international acclaim Bocelli found with the song, he went on to release further versions of the song in other languages.

Read more: When the world saw a young Andrea Bocelli sing ‘Con te partirò’ for the very first time

Andrea Bocelli debuted the song, ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ at the 1995 Sanremo Music Festival.
Andrea Bocelli debuted the song, ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ at the 1995 Sanremo Music Festival. Picture: Getty images

What language is ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ in?

Whilst the original 1995 song was written in Italian, Bocelli went on to release both an English and Spanish version.

In 1996 Bocelli released a second version of the song as a duet with English soprano, Sarah Brightman.

Sung partly in English, the song went on to sell more than 12 million copies worldwide. It became the biggest-selling single in Germany of all time, and the duo would go on to record a version sung in German and Italian.

Bocelli’s Spanish version of the song released a year later in 1997, titled, Por ti volaré (in English – For You I Will Fly).

Read more: ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ by Andrea Bocelli named a funeral favourite

Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman performing on stage at the Classical Brit Awards in 2008
Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman performing on stage at the Classical Brit Awards in 2008. Picture: Getty images

What do the lyrics of ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ mean?

In a 2019 study by Co-op Funeralcare, Bocelli and Brightman’s performance of ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ was ranked as the nation’s second favourite choice of music for a funeral, due to its farewell theme.

But, despite the seemingly lyrical ‘goodbye’, there are conflicting thoughts as to what the lyrics of ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ are actually trying to say.

In English, the lyrics seem to tell the story of a protagonist who is saying goodbye to countries they never saw or shared with his lover. But then halfway through the song, it seems the lovers will in fact go to those countries… except they’ll be travelling on ships that don’t exist anymore. So it’s time to say goodbye again.

Not the clearest of translations. However, due to the romantic and hopeful nature of the melody, many have interpreted the song as not being on the theme of ‘goodbyes’ but rather, new chapters.

The literal translation of the Italian tune, Con te partirò is I will leave with you, suggesting instead that no matter where the lovers in the song are going, they will be going together.

Andrea Bocelli sings ‘Con te partirò’, which translates literally in English to ‘I will leave with you’
Andrea Bocelli sings ‘Con te partirò’, which translates literally in English to ‘I will leave with you’ . Picture: Getty images

What are the Italian lyrics for ‘Time to Say Goodbye’?

Quando sono soloSogno all’orizzonteE mancan le paroleSì lo so che non c’è luceIn una stanza quando manca il soleSe non ci sei tu con me, con me

Su le finestreMostra a tutti il mio cuoreChe hai accesoChiudi dentro meLa luce cheHai incontrato per strada

Time to say goodbyePaesi che non ho maiVeduto e vissuto con teAdesso si li vivròCon te partiròSu navi per mariChe, io lo soNo, no, non esistono piùIt’s time to say goodbye

What are the English lyrics for ‘Time to Say Goodbye’?

When I am alone I sit and dreamAnd when I dream the words are missingYes I know that in a room so full of lightThat all the light is missingBut I don’t see you with me, with me

Close up the windows, bring the sun to my roomThrough the door you’ve openedClose inside of me the light you seeThat you met in the darkness

Time to say goodbyeHorizons are never farWould I have to find them aloneWithout true light of my own with youI will go on ships overseasThat I now knowNo, they don’t exist anymoreIt’s time to say goodbye

What are the Spanish lyrics for ‘Time to Say Goodbye’?

Cuando vivo solo, sueño un horizonte, falto de palabrasEn la sombra y entre luces, todo es negro para mi miradaSi tú no estás junto a mí aquí

Tú en tu mundoSeparado del mío por un abismoOye, llámameYo volaré a tu mundo lejano

Por ti, volaréEspera, que llegaréMi fin de trayecto eres túPara vivirlo los dosPor ti, volaréPor cielos y mares, hasta tu amorAbriendo los ojos por finContigo viviré

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